The City has fired long time city lawyer, Peter Barkwell. City Manager Chris Murray announced the move via an email to councilors. (Spec story here). The decision takes effect immediately. Barkwell recently came under fire with his advice to council about closed door meetings, drawing the attention of Ontario Ombudsman, Andre Marin. Barkwell was also in the cross hairs over a recent issue that saw the city lose millions of dollars over investments gone bad and a failure to properly file a claim in court.
Peter has been with the city since 1988. He became the city solicitor in 2004 after acting in that role a year prior. The Hamiltonian wishes Peter well in his future pursuits.